FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

  • France out to avoid missing first World Cup in 20 years November 18, 2013

    London: France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing their first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 20. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock home...
  • Ivory Coast qualify for third straight World Cup November 17, 2013

    Casablanca: Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after surviving a nervous finish to draw 11 with Senegal for a 42 aggregate win in the African playoffs on Saturday. Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker...
  • Lionel Messi to lead Argentina in final World Cup qualifier September 28, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Famed Argentine footballer Lionel Messi will lead his national team in the final doublematch of the South American Qualifying Tournament that will decide who goes to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, for which Argentina has already qualified. Argentina's Football Association (AFA) announced the partial lineup on Friday for...
  • Colombia and Chile close in on World Cup qualification September 7, 2013

    Baranquilla, Colombia: Colombia and Chile moved to the brink of qualification for next year's World Cup by winning key South American qualifiers on Friday, while Uruguay boosted their chances and Paraguay avoided elimination with a victory. Colombia won 1-0 at home against Ecuador and Chile completed a 3-0 home victory over...
  • Portugal win, Italy draw in World Cup qualifying June 8, 2013

    Portugal revived their World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Russia 10 while Mario Balotelli was redcarded for Italy in a 00 draw at the Czech Republic that put the fourtime world champions closer to next year's finals. Helder Postiga's ninthminute winner in Lisbon lifted the Portuguese from third to first in...
  • Honda powers Japan to Brazil, S. Korea close in June 5, 2013

    Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals after a lastgasp home draw against Australia on Tuesday, while archrivals South Korea also conjured up a late equaliser in Beirut to inch closer to a spot in Brazil. The 62,000plus crowd at Saitama stadium survived anxious moments...
  • Suarez escapes punishment for alleged punch May 9, 2013

    Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has escaped a sanction for allegedly punching an opponent during the World Cup qualifier against Chile, the country's football federation (AUF) said in a statement. Soccer's governing body FIFA opened an investigation after Argentine referee Nestor Pitana missed the incident which happened as Suarez tussled with Gonzalo...
  • Jordan deny Japan's bid to secure World Cup spot March 27, 2013

    Amman: Jordan stunned Japan 21 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, denying the Asian power the chance to become the first team secure a berth in Brazil. Khalil Baniateyah headed home the opening goal from a corner just before halftime. After the break, Japan pressed for the equaliser that would...
  • Reus brace guides Germany to 41 win over Kazakhstan March 27, 2013

    Nuremberg: Marco Reus scored two goals to help Germany overcome Kazakhstan 41 in a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday that saw the visitors give the favorite some trouble in the second half. The win left Germany firmly in control of Group C in European qualifying, eight points ahead of...
  • Argentina stay on top despite 11 draw with Bolivia March 27, 2013

    Bolivia: Lionel Messi didn't score but he still helped Argentina earn a valuable point in the thin air of La Paz on Tuesday in a 11 draw with Bolivia in South American World Cup qualifying. Marcelo Martins scored with a header in the 25th minute for Bolivia, while Argentina replied...
  • Montenegro hold England to an actionpacked 11 draw March 27, 2013

    Montenegro: Dejan Damjanovic scored a late equaliser as Montenegro held England to a 11 draw in an actionpacked World Cup qualifier on Tuesday to maintain their twopoint lead at the top of Group H. The result left Montenegro on 14 points and England on 12, with four qualifying rounds remaining...
  • Spain beat France 10 in World Cup qualifying March 27, 2013

    Paris: Spain bounced back from their minislump and dismissed early talk of a decline by beating France 10 on Tuesday to return to the top of their World Cup qualifying group. Pedro Rodriguez bundled home the winner from close range as Spain moved one point ahead with three games now...
  • Robin van Persie scores twice in Dutch 40 win over Romania March 27, 2013

    Amsterdam: Robin van Persie scored twice and set up a third goal to lead the Netherlands to an easy 40 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. It was a sixth straight win in as many qualifiers for the Dutch and gave Louis van Gaal's team a...
  • 'Chicharito' poses deadly threat to US defence March 26, 2013

    Mexico City: US coach Juergen Klinsmann's motto for Tuesday's World Cup CONCACAF qualifier against Mexico has been "respect but not fear" but when it comes to dealing with striker Javier Hernandez, it is clear there is trepidation as well as admiration. Manchester United striker Hernandez is by far the most...
  • Lebanon still eyeing WC berth after rigging scandal March 25, 2013

    After a tumultuous period during which a matchfixing scandal involving some of his players left him pondering his future, Lebanon coach Theo Bucker is back focusing on securing the country's first World Cup finals berth. Last month, the German coach said he had been left 'broken' after 24 players were...
  • Draxler out of Germany's WC qualifier against Kazakhstan March 24, 2013

    Berlin: Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan while Sven Bender has joined the squad. The German football federation says tests on Saturday confirmed that the Schalke attacking midfielder suffered a concussion from a collision during Germany's 30 win over Kazakhstan in the...
  • Spain defender Jordi Alba doubtful for France game March 24, 2013

    Barcelona: Spain defender Jordi Alba is in doubt for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against France after injuring a muscle in his right leg. Barcelona say the left back has returned to the club for further tests, the results of which will be known on Sunday. Alba injured his leg during Friday's...
  • World Cup qualifiers: Americans beat Costa Rica 10 in storm March 24, 2013

    Commerce City: Soft snow started falling, and then kept getting heavier as the night progressed. From the start of Friday's World Cup qualifier, the lines on the field were covered. As the game wore on, even the Americans in their white home uniforms became hard to see. And then in...
  • Peru beat Chile 10 in World Cup qualifying March 24, 2013

    Lima: Peru appear out of contention for next year's World Cup in Brazil, despite claiming a late 10 win over Chile in qualifying on Friday. FC Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan finally broke a scoreless deadlock for Peru in the 86th minute to give the team a muchneeded boost up the table...
  • Lionel Messi drives Argentina to 30 win over Venezuela March 23, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Argentina look like the surest bet from South America to qualify for the Brazil World Cup after Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain again led the way in a 30 victory on Friday over Venezuela in qualifying. Higuain gave the Argentines a 10 lead in the 29th minute after...
  • Late goal by Smith ensured NZ win in Oceania WC qualifiers March 22, 2013

    Central defender Tommy Smith scored a stoppage time goal to give New Zealand a 2-1 victory over New Caledonia in Dunedin on Friday and qualify for the intercontinental playoff for a place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. New Zealand had been staring at the ignominy of a 1-1...
  • Lionel Messi delighted to see enthusiastic Argentina fans March 22, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Argentine football star Lionel Messi says fans of his country's national team are more enthusiastic than ever before, snapping up all the tickets to the team's Friday match against Venezuela in the capital Buenos Aires. "I have noticed the change not just towards me, but also towards the...
  • European powers resume in WC qualifiers with easy games March 21, 2013

    London: The European powers resume qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on Friday with some of the easiest matches they'll play on the road to Brazil. World champion Spain host Finland, Group I's bottom team, hoping to avoid picking up any suspensions or injuries before taking on France next week....
  • France vs Spain pick of midweek World Cup qualifiers October 15, 2012

    Paris: Hit by injuries and reeling from a surprise 10 loss to Japan, with their strikers struggling to score and a patchedup defense looking far from secure, France have enough to worry about without even thinking about Spain's quality ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Both teams won their...